Greatest Violinists of All Time
The Top Ten
Shadmehr is the best! He's the best singer of iran
I am so proud that shadmehr is Iranian
He is a gifted violinist. He is also a very good piano player and guitar player, however, his talent in playing violin made him extremely unique from other artists.
Shadmehr is the best violonis, guitarist, singer&... In the world! He should be 1st!
There are lots of reasons to love Mairead. 1) I have never seen another fiddle player capable of flying around the stage, spinning so fast that it would make most people dizzy and still be able to play amazingly!
2) As someone else said, she truly cares about her fans. She is loving and sweet and Mairead meet and greets are always awesome.
3) When Mairead is on stage, it is poetic. The soft melodies are hauntingly beautiful and she pulls you in. On the more upbeat songs, she is extremely energetic and you cannot help but smile.
4) She is INCREDIBLE with interacting with people during a show. She smiles genuinely all the time and really knows how to connect with her fans.
What is not to love about Mairead?
I had the pleasure to see Mairead perform twice, and I believe it is completely impossible for Mairead NOT to deliver. She has blown me away every time I've seen her on film, but to see her in person is a real treat. She has so much energy and you can definitely tell that she absolutely loves what she does. The greatest thing about her is that her slower songs are so hauntingly beautiful. Listen to Last Rose Fantasia and tell me you aren't moved! Mairead truly is the greatest violinist.
The remarkable Mairead can play ANYTHING! Her range of interest and proficiency is impressive. She is beyond technically sound and very versatile. She can go from playing a beautiful ballad and strait in to a lively jaunty tune without blinking an eyelash. No one puts more passion and integrity into her work than Mairead. She started off as a prodigy that just kept on going.
Mairead does not just play and dance, she tells a story with each piece and pulls you into a world of magic. When I listen to her and watch her, I forget about myself, my problems. I come out so happy and spiritually uplifted. You can always tell that it is her playing, since she has such a distinct style. She brings out the best in the violin, a very warm and flexible sound, and perfect technique and intonation. She is a true musician and reminds me of a fairy.
I believe Lucia has more emotion in her playing than I have seen ever before and she is technically magnificent
Full of passion!
She can absolutely rock your socks off! ;) She is a delight to watch in person. So much energy! Best known for her collaborations with Josh Groban and classic rock band Jethro Tull. She was the concertmaster with TSO on their Christmas Season Tour in 2003.
Never heard anything like her. What style and passion. I could listen to her for hours.
I am not sure How you can vote for some contemporary violinist like Lucia or Sarah Chang over some of the masters. Itzhak Perlman has way more experience than new violinists, in the current times he is for sure the greatest violinist of our time. He has won 15 grammy awards and has has been awarded the National medal of the Arts and the Medal of Liberty.
Itzhak Perlman is definitely the best violin player ever! He has always been a great role model for me. Even with his disabilities, he still works very hard to play wonderfully. When he had to play the Mendelssohn violin concerto, he said that he "didn't like playing the piece" but he still played it extremely well and he makes it look super easy.
Like other violin masters, Perlman just makes everything seem extraordinarily easy. But he seems to be able to combine ease and passion and, well, you only need to watch him play yourself to really get him.
But I think a lot of this is just opinion, because seriously all of these guys are so excellent that it's almost just preference.
Perlman is the best I ever heard. The young ones have not yet reached his level. Paganini is a legend and could perhaps be the greatest but I have not heard a great recording he made.
Easily the best violinist of all time, he's not my favorite, but definitely the best.
My grandfather was a classical violinist who was held in high regard in his native Vienna. The legendary Heifitz presented him with a beautiful violin and loved his playing. Despite his aristocratic arrogance, he would confide to my grandmother that Paganini was the most fiery and artful violinist of all time. He would point out the degree of complexity in his work and the virtuosity needed to play and compose such "devilish" music. Coming from him, it had to be true.
This list, and all lists of the greatest violinists, begins with Paganini. Like Liszt to piano and Hendrix to guitar, they set standards of skill, mastery and groundbreaking technique that all playing that followed was influenced by them. They cannot be surpassed on any list of the greats... Period.
He has composed the most complicated yet most beautiful violin pieces ever... Such as La Campanella, which later Franz Liszt made a piano etude from it with the same name.
I'm a violinist, and I must affirm that the greatest violinist of all time is Tomislav Milicevic
30 sec to mars
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Without a doubt the best violinist for me. Should deserve a top 5 spot or higher. His articulation and tone sound like they were made in heaven by angels.
Heifetz being in 7 is sacrilegious. His sound, technique and purity is on another level compared to most violinists on this list.
I am a singer. I thought the violin was alright, but so few, in my experience, ever made me want to listen for longer than a minute. Our public television station recently ran the life of Jascha Heifetz. He dedicated his life to the violin, and they called him "God's violinist." All of his life, relationship skills, and other talents we work to develop in our lives were focused on the violin and music. Like any genius that is so talented and focused, other things suffer. But NO ONE that I have ever heard play the violin can play like Jascha Heifetz. His music is pure, passionate (plus all the other emotions), and if you are at all open and truly listening, from heaven. There is no one to whom he can be compared.
Heifetz is the best in which you can still hear his recordings and videos today. Absolutely phenomenal. His left hand pizzicato in Paganini's Caprice no. 24 took my breath away. Heifetz even told people about his practicing routine, "I never practice more than three hours a day and I don't practice at all on Sundays. " Can you believe that?! "Oh, Heifetz? He isn't my student, he is a student of God. " Says his teacher. "I can't believe I'm talking to a God! I am talking to Heifetz. " Says Itzhak Perlman when he first met Heifetz. Rest in peace, Heifetz. May Heaven and the world still listen to your wonderful music.
Well, this is of course a preference matter, Oistrakh's performance like me a lot... but if we listen Szering's Bach I'd say he has no competence.. well I think there is not such ten top violinist...
The only worthy violinist on this list from recent times - who knows how Paganini played. Oistrakh is the king and always will be. Incredible sound and incredible artistry.
Best of the top violin players! His power and personality...
As my predecessor said, it's a matter of taste, but to me, no violinist from the recording age can top Oistrakh. Perfect pitch, tempos, and always the music is achingly beautiful in his hands. MUCH better than Heifetz.
As per me, she is the best violinist of the world. Her style of playing and her way of putting notes is brilliant.
The Vivaldi Four Seasons is brilliant by Sarah.
She express how she loves play violin... And makes us enjoy everything she plays.
She is so amazing. Her performance is so natural. It sounds like singing
The mere fact that the depth of emotion and tender feeling she conveys on the violin is not at all diminished or disturbed by her prolific speed and adept accuracy has made me a spellbound admirer for many years. Her grace and beauty only embellish the core of her virtuosity as a violinist...
She is inimitable, Carmen-Fantasie try and listen. The best there is today.
She is definitively in the list
She is part of of her violin. I can listen to her play for hours.
The absolute master violinist. Some of his recordings are classics and still sought after. He defined the standards that others are measured against. He was also one of the best Violin teachers teaching Nigel Kennedy etc. No one else in this list compares.
Yehudi menuhin was the greatest violinst. He was amazing. He play violin like haven.
Menuhin's playing comes from another world. Almost every serious musician I know can hear the spiritual content of his playing. Ida Haendel said, "There's only one word for Yehudi---Magic! " Ivry Gitlis said" Well, of course, Heifetz was a kind of god, but with Yehudi, it was different, It's as if one of the angels of heaven came down and walked among us.
His sound royale style!
He was a child prodigy and throughout his life he has kept the highest standards and done amazing and creative things with his violin, from giving a "concert" in the metro station to see people's reactions to becoming director of one of England's major orchestras. His passion for music, his extraordinary interpretation of every classic piece that he touches is of the highest caliber. In my estimation, he is one of the perhaps three top violinists of the 20th and 21st centuries.
I think Josh will bill should be in the top 10 it doesn't make very much sense that a lot of these other violinists are in front of him he is way better than Lindsay Sterling. Also he's the most expensive musician in the world sought it doesn't make much sense why he's number 19 so you guys going to stop being stupid info Joshua Bell up to the top 10.
Joshua Bell was playing master classes by age 11. He had a "knowing" and passion whilst playing, that I have yet to hear from other top violinist. Top 3, by far, in my humble opinion.
He the best best best ever! He play beethoven extra ordinarily. Every hats off to him. I love him so much!
Now if you want to be inspired, I suggest you take a look at this guy and his talent! There's not even a little doubt that he's the best! Listen to his album: Rock symphonies. Keep rocking David!
David is a very talented violinist. He can play classical and crossover music, too, and they're fantastic! David is a virtuoso, and lots of people like him, because he plays modern songs, too. "Music is vacation from life... "-says David.
I love listening he playing Hungarian Dances no. 5 and He's a Pirate.
Listening to David play as renewed my interest in classical music. He plays with such emotion. No matter if he is playing classical or crossover material, David gives his all, making the music come alive. He makes the violin sing. David has made the beauty of the violin come into my heart. I have had the wonderful opportunity of attending David's concert over the last several years... Love Him
A true violin Master. His live concerts were truly outstanding and his audiences were truly appreciative of this man's talent. Unfortunately the technology of recordings in his day do not measure up to the range and purity of today's recordings.
I have heard quite a few live, and would put Kreisler if not the best, then the most charismatic. Remember that Elgar's Violin Concerto was dedicated to him. He was a Captain in the Austrian army and was badly wounded with sabre slashed and hoof strikes when a cossack horse plus cossack charged at him. The last thing he remembered with the cossack toppling as a reult of him activating his rifle. Fritz was one of the old school who traveled by public bus to recitals.
Such an exquisite effortless style.
Even Heifetz said Kreisler is god!
A good Italian violinist
a professional violin
I follow willingly
pity that in Italy classical music
It is not followed as it deserves.
But we are getting there... thanks
I could listen to Isaac Stern all day and never regret it. While others may feel otherwise, I personally believe he should have been rated as one of the worlds greatest. May he Rest In Peace and fill heaven with his unique and blessed skill.
Isaac Stern is the best his solo for Fiddler on the roof is incredible and unbeatable. Never heard anyone play as good as him. He should be at the top.
As far as I'm concerned I think that Issac Stern is the greatest violinist ever. For his incredible speed experience
Style and passion. Only need to listen to the fiddler on the roof solo and you will be taken by this wonderful violinist.
Isaac Stern's tone, technique and interpretation brings him to the very top of ratings
I am surprised Gil Shaham was not mentioned earlier in this list. My wife and my daughters think he is the absolute best. Myself, I have to say I like him a lot also, but I am not sure I would place him above Anne-Sophie Mutter, Hilary Hahn or David Oistrakh.
You don't have an idea about violin if you don't know Maxim Vengerov. He is the most known violinist alive as a master of violin on earth.
One word. Love. He loves violin and he loves putting the emotion and he loves performing for the people.
The emotion he plays music is just amazing. Nobody can compare the emotion and quality of sound Maxim Vengerov uses. He's just so amazing.
Just one word. Emotion. Though there are no words to describe his style and way of playing.
The most musical violinist I've ever heard. Matchless in her sensitivity, passion and imagination, she does every piece she plays justice and more.
She is second to no one, in terms of her passion to violin.
She's my childhood hero. She is so great.
Her performance of the Bartok Violin Concerto No 2, acknowledged as one of the most difficult pieces for the soloist, is simply wonderful. Her technique is, I believe without peer, and the emotion she infuses to the instrument's tone is captivating. She is certainly one of the top handful of today's violinists.The idea of rating these artists is really quite pointless.There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of players of not only great musical talent, but who have mastered technique.
Bijan mortazavi is the king. I loovee him.
He is the best in the world
Best Violinist in the word
Best Iranian violinist is Bijan Mortazavi, He is better than shadmehr aghili all Iranian know this, Viva Iranian player specially Bijan he is instructor violin player
Lindsey is currently THE best violinist because she has inspired an entire new generation into loving the violin. She may not be technically even near the top, but her passion and love of her instrument are undeniable. I would go so ar as to say, in the future their will be more violinists who got their start by listening to Lindsey than from all the other sources, combined.
I would agree, she is amazing and loves what she does, also she is young so that is good for her, and I also like the fact that she listens to her fans. Also at the end of her videos if someone was in it she gives them credit, which is rare nowadays because almost all the bands now just want credit for what they did, musicians started becoming selfless, but Lindsey Sterling does not do that, so this should put her up top
She is a true inspiration. She listens to her fans. Has awesome violin skills and her music videos show a lot of creativity in them. She has great moral values.
Lindsey Stirling is the best... She listens to what her fans have to say and she enjoys making music for them and meeting them... Lindsey should really be one of the top violinists of all time
I heard her play mendelssohn violin concerto. HER FOURTH FINGER VIBRATO IS AWESOME, and her technique is so amazing.
Just saw her at Lincoln Center... She was terrific. Played a Bach piece as an encore that was beautiful.
Her interpretations on pieces are superb. She literally takes the notes out of my head! And every time I listen her play, it is exactly how I would play it if I were a master violinist.
The excellent style, beautiful tone, and wonderful musical ability she possesses is simply amazing.
He plays extremely well, and has special unrivaled style, very agile hands as well!
The greatest violinist I have seen. Awesome is not enough to describe him...
The best of modern times
Samvel belongs in the number 1 spot hands down. He can out play people with his eyes closed. He plays fast, slow and in between and the man is a total genius and perfectionist to say the least.
My opinion is that all listed above are great violin players and have many gifts in their hands but Leonidas is the best violinist I have ever seen. He hold 4 things in a truly extraordinary way. Speed feeling accuracy and theoretical base of what he does every single moment. Respect to Mutter Bell Perlman Menuhin Oistrach Kogan and many others.
His youthful interpretations of Paganini would in my opinion astonish Paganini himself, they are simply devilish... Nowadays of course he has matured and his mere sound with its radiant purity and powerful brilliance is the reason that his concerts sell out.
He is just the number 1 in this list
The most interesting in our times...